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AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on „How safe is Afghanistan (for deportations)?“

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Here are AAN co-director Thomas Ruttig’s next speaking appointments: four public events in four German cities (Mainz, Hamburg, Geesthacht near Hamburg, Berlin), all before the end of March, each time about the Afghan issue that dominates Germany’s domestic debate: whether the country is ‘safe’ enough that the German government (at the start of an election campaign and challenged by a new right-wing populist party) should deport rejected Afghan asylum seekers (in German, some with translation into Dari).

Picture shows damaged buildingAftermath of a Taleban-claimed war crime: an attack on a civilian target, the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, on 10 November 2016. A vehicle filled with explosives was detonated, killing four civilians and injured more than 100 others. Photo: Tolo


1) Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 7.00pm, Mainz

The local NGO Save me Mainz invites Afghan refugees and everyone interested for a “country evening about Afghanistan”.

Apart from Thomas, representatives of pro-refugee initiatives and refugees will speak about their work and their situation.


Gemeindesaal St. Bonifaz, Bonifaziusplatz 1 (Boppstr.), 55118 Mainz

More info: [email protected]


2) Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 8.00pm, Hamburg

Organised by Communal Academy Hamburg-Blankenese: “How safe is Afghanistan?”

Presentation by Thomas Ruttig, followed by a panel discussion with refugees from Afghanistan, moderated by Dr Margret Johannsen, Hamburg Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH).


Gemeindehaus, ev.-luth. Kirchengemeinde Blankenese, Mühlenberger Weg 64 a, 22587 Hamburg-Blankenese

More information here.


3) Thursday, 23 March 2017, 7.00pm, Geesthacht (near Hamburg)

Podium discussion with Thomas Ruttig (AAN); Dietlind Jochims, Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights of the Northern German Protestant Church; Martin Link, Refugee Council Schleswig-Holstein; moderated by Elisabeth Hartmann-Runge, Refugee Commissioner of Lübeck/Lauenburg church district and translated into Dari by Rayana Fakhri.

Organisers: Christus Church Parish Geesthacht ● Church District Lübeck/Lauenburg ● Flüchtlingsrat Schleswig-Holstein e.V.


Christuskirche, Neuer Krug 4, Geesthacht-Düneberg

Download the event’s flyer here:


4) Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 7.00pm, Berlin

“Afghanistan – (no) safe country”

Information evening organised by the Berlin educational institute of Heinrich Böll Foundation and Asylum in Church assocation Berlin.


Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Zossener Str. 65, 10961 Berlin

With Thomas Ruttig (AAN); Katharina Müller, Refugee Council Berlin; Kava Spartak, YAAR Association; moderated by Bernhard Fricke, Asylum in Church

More information here.




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